What is most important to you? This summer a Chatham Court architectural committee will begin work on two projects: re-defining a color palette for the neighborhood and creating guidelines for residents interested in xeriscaping.
Didn’t Chatham Court already have a defined color palette? It is true that back when Chatham Court was built, homes were painted according to a specific set of colors, and those colors were based on a color palette for the neighborhood. Yet, what a difference twenty years makes. No one can read the minds of those original builders, and no one should have to. Of course, if anyone has a copy of all the original paint colors, and their names, please bring those to a board member’s attention. That would definitely make the job easier to do.
The original rules did not allow xeriscaping, so why is it allowed now? Since the late ’80s and early ’90s, many laws have changed, invalidating portions of our original rules. Statewide, our water supply has dwindled relative to the need; the right to install xeriscaping features has become the law of the land. We need guidelines for homeowners who are interested in xeriscaping portions of their front landscape, and we need them as soon as possible.
What if I don’t like the changes? The best way to have a voice in shaping the future of our community is to get involved in the discussion, such as by serving on the architectural committee. If you want to get involved in all of this, just ask a board member how.